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The Shape of Informatics: A UK Perspective

The Shape of Informatics: A UK Perspective
The Shape of Informatics: A UK Perspective
The term Informatics is not widely used in UK Higher Education. Computing, Computer Science and Information Science are more commonly used descriptors and many other variations exist. Approximately five percent of departments concerned with the discipline actually use the word Informatics in their title, whilst UCAS, the UK organisation which centrally manages university undergraduate applications, does not include Informatics in its subject index. However the various fields of study encompassed by the European instantiations of the Informatics discipline are widely researched, taught and studied throughout UK Higher Education. If we are to successfully pursue international collaboration, then understanding the realisation of the discipline in the UK and how it relates to understanding in other countries, is important and necessary to support constructive future discussion, planning and action. This paper presents data collected via surveys of existing practice, individual interviews and group discussions. It offers an analysis of current practice alongside speculation as to the future direction of our fields of study in the short and medium term.
Computers and education, Informatics education, Curriculum design
White, Susan A
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Irons, Alastair
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McGettrick, Andrew
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McAlister, Gerry
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White, Susan A
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Irons, Alastair
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McGettrick, Andrew
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McAlister, Gerry
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White, Susan A and Irons, Alastair (2006) The Shape of Informatics: A UK Perspective. McGettrick, Andrew and McAlister, Gerry (eds.) Informatics Education Europe, Montpellier, France.

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Abstract

The term Informatics is not widely used in UK Higher Education. Computing, Computer Science and Information Science are more commonly used descriptors and many other variations exist. Approximately five percent of departments concerned with the discipline actually use the word Informatics in their title, whilst UCAS, the UK organisation which centrally manages university undergraduate applications, does not include Informatics in its subject index. However the various fields of study encompassed by the European instantiations of the Informatics discipline are widely researched, taught and studied throughout UK Higher Education. If we are to successfully pursue international collaboration, then understanding the realisation of the discipline in the UK and how it relates to understanding in other countries, is important and necessary to support constructive future discussion, planning and action. This paper presents data collected via surveys of existing practice, individual interviews and group discussions. It offers an analysis of current practice alongside speculation as to the future direction of our fields of study in the short and medium term.

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Published date: 2006
Additional Information: Event Dates: 9-10th November 2006
Venue - Dates: Informatics Education Europe, Montpellier, France, 2006-11-10
Keywords: Computers and education, Informatics education, Curriculum design
Organisations: Electronics & Computer Science

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Local EPrints ID: 263226
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/263226
PURE UUID: 0c327740-40eb-4ef0-b083-0a36bc8402c6
ORCID for Susan A White: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-9588-5275

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Date deposited: 01 Dec 2006
Last modified: 24 Sep 2020 01:34

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